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Gift Ideas
Text Anna Mikhailova

The holidays are a great time of year. Who doesn’t like to get presents? And most of us like to give them, too. But figuring out what to get everyone on your list is another story. And (spoiler alert), if you’re waiting for Santa or Ded Moroz (Santa’s Russian cousin, known locally as Grandfather Frost) to appear with a sack of gifts to save you the trouble of picking them out, then you’ve got a surprise in store.

As much as we’d like to help, we can’t read Santa’s mail for him (mail tampering: federal offense), but we’ve tried to help out by combing Moscow for some gift ideas…

For her…

Set of makeup brushes by Kevyn Aucoin
21,800 rubles at Cara & Co.

Delvaux bracelets
1500 to 17,070 rubles at Cara & Co.

For the home…

Alessi kettle
3,500 rubles at Cara & Co.

Set of resin tableware in dinosaur motif
10,000 rubles at Cara & Co.

                                  Candles from Candle Studio
                                  300-500 rubles at Drugiye Veshchi Craft Fair (see Calendar for details)

For the do-it-yourselfers in your life…

Dremel Rotary Tool 300 Series by Bosch
4,300 rubles at any do-it-yourself store
(like Obi or Tvoi Dom) 

Dremel Glue Gun Hobby Set by Bosch
1,000 rubles at any do-it-yourself store

For those staying in town for the holidays…  

Gift basket
From 1,000 rubles at Globus Gourmet

International cookbooks
1,500 rubles apiece at Cara & Co.

If you’re leaving town or know someone who is…

Set of T-Tech Adventure suitcases
16,770 to 20,130 rubles at TUMI 

Leather travel accessories from L’Atelier des Tuileries
1,100 to 3,500 rubles at Cara & Co.

If you want to bring a gift from Russia with love to family overseas and find yourself all matryoshkaed out, why not try the quickest route to their hearts…through their stomachs. Kids from age 1 to 100 love sweets…

Here are some of our favorites, along with a description of what’s inside (so you won’t have to squeeze them to find out):

Krasnaya Shapochka (translation: Little Red Riding Hood – as in “Better to eat you with, my dear…”) – two layers of wafers with peanuts and a praline filling with a touch of vanilla, all covered in chocolate

Alyonka (simply the diminutive of a woman’s name) – thin wafers layered with praline filling covered in chocolate

Mishka na Severe (“Bear in the North”) – thin wafers layered with almond filling, covered in chocolate

Vdokhnoveniye (“Inspiration” – note the image of the Bolshoi Theater on the wrapper) – thick center of chocolate and ground hazelnut, covered in chocolate (are you detecting a theme here?)

All 200 to 270 rubles per kilo at any candy store or kiosk


Cara & Co.
1 4th-Syromyatnichesky Pereulok, Bldg. 9 (entrance through Winzavod Center for Contemporary Art)
(495) 223-4111
M. Kurskaya, Chkalovskaya
Open daily 11:00-21:00

TUMI at Novinsky Passage
31 Novinsky Bulvar
(495) 540-4275
M. Okhotny Ryad

Globus Gourmet at TsUM
2 Ul. Petrovka
(495) 960-5153
M. Okhotny Ryad

For more information on Bosch products, see

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